Past programs in our eStudio are listed here for reference. When copyright allows, the events are recorded and stored on our YouTube channel. Browse the listings below and you’ll find many that are available for on-demand replay.
Past Productions in the eStudio
(organized by seven different content types)
Play readings via Zoom, with costumes and virtual backgrounds
Events are listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top of each section.
Readers’ Theatre: The Revolutionists, by Lauren Gunderson
On Friday, May 14, SBMT concluded its 2020-2021 season with The Revolutionists, a new play about four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe De Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, lose their heads and try to beat back the extremist insanity in the Paris of 1793. Due to copyright, no replay is available. For more info, download the program here.
Readers’ Theatre: Anon(ymous), by Naomi Iizuka
On Friday, March 26, 2021, SBMT presented Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka. It is a story based on Homer’s Odyssey, about a young refugee called Anon who journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people — some kind, some dangerous and cruel — as he searches for his family. The show was directed by Vinh G. Nguyen. No replay is available due to copyright, but you can watch highlights and the post-show “talkback” below. For more info, download the program here.
Readers’ Theatre: Pride and Prejudice
On February 13 and 14, 2021, Silicon Valley Shakespeare joined forces with South Bay Musical Theatre to present a live-streamed production of PRIDE & PREJUDICE, Jane Austen’s classic novel involving manners, courtship and relationships. Watch the edited replay of that event below. For more info, download the program here.
Readers’ Theatre: Rachel, by Angelina Grimké
On Friday & Saturday, January 29 and 30, 2021, SBMT presented Rachel. Written in 1916, one of the very first plays authored and produced by a bi-racial Black woman playwright, this is the story of a Black family’s insistence of dignity, intellect, and survival. Terrorized by the racism of their former Southern community, matriarch Mrs. Loving moves her two children to the North in hopes of leaving the past behind. But when her daughter, an effervescent Rachel, brings home a young boy named Jimmy, Mrs. Loving is forced to reveal the truth that will shatter Rachel’s rose-colored dreams of motherhood and starting her own family. Considered a pioneering Black American woman playwright, Grimké expertly documented a loving Black family life in the early 1900’s that showcases the positive relationship of a mother and her children, and their striving to prosper as a Black community in the face of bigotry and hate. For more info, download the program here.
Readers’ Theatre: I Am A Camera, by John Van Druten
On December 19, our Readers’ Theatre actors presented I Am a Camera by John Van Druten. Description: Chris is a struggling young writer whose novel, I AM A CAMERA, concerns the events occurring around him in the Berlin of 1930. Sally Bowles, a singer/actress, who works in a Berlin nightclub, befriends Chris and, despite her transient, bohemian existence, her platonic relationship with him remains steady. This play served as the basis for the Kander and Ebb musical Cabaret. Due to copyright, no replay is available. Download the program.
Readers’ Theatre: Dracula, by Stephen C. Wathen; directed by Dave Leon
On October 30 and 31, 2020 SBMT presented an original adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel that was developed by local theatre artist Stephen C. Wathen. Steve is well known for the many backdrops he has painted for SBMT and WVLO productions, and most recently provided scenic painting for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. Dave Leon served as director. Download the program.
Readers’ Theatre: The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams, directed by Walter M. Mayes
On Saturday, September 19, 2020, we streamed The Glass Menagerie, in cooperation with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Considered one of the most significant plays in the American theater canon, The Glass Menagerie premiered on Broadway in 1945 and became an instant commercial and artistic success that established Tennessee Williams’ reputation as a playwright. Due to copyright, no replay is available, but you can watch our trailer below. Download the program.
Readers’ Theatre: Almost, Maine; by John Cariani; directed by Nicole Tung
On September 4, 2020, we streamed a live production of Almost, Maine, with actors from all over the country (e.g. Utah, Oklahoma, Washington D.C., and various Bay Area cities). Thanks to our cast, staff, and audience! Due to copyright restrictions, we are unable to post a video replay. Download the program.
Readers’ Theatre: The Book of Will, by Lauren Gunderson
Three years after Shakespeare’s death, his plays are constantly pirated and performed in inaccurate versions that tarnish the bard’s legacy. His friends are determined to make sure true versions of the plays survive by recapturing the words that shaped their lives. Guided by a sense of genuine loyalty, admiration, and what really matters in life, this determined lot will beg, borrow, and steal to make sure Shakespeare’s Folio survives. Broadcast on July 17, 2020. The short clip below from the end of the show is NOT the entire production, but gives you a sampling of the talent we assembled.
Readers’ Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Recorded Friday, June 12, 2020.
Cast: Gwendolen: Jennifer C. Maggio; Jack: Steve Allhoff; Cecily: Jessica Maxey; Algernon: Michael Stahl; Miss. Prism: Melissa Jones; Reverend Chasuble: Joseph Cloward; Lady Bracknell: Barbara Heninger; Lane/Merriman: Michael Hirsch; Narrator: Raiña Parks; Director: Walter M. Mayes
WATCH THE REPLAY BELOW.
Corona Radio Theatre: on KALW radio. Two scenes from Almost, Maine
On June 11, 2020, public radio station KALW (91.7 FM) aired a live performance of SBMT actors performing selected scenes from Almost, Maine, a critically acclaimed play by John Cariani. Cast: Joseph Cloward, Morgan Dayley, Kerie Darner, and Jenni Chapman. Hear the replay on demand.
Readers’ Theatre: Pygmalion
Our very first Readers’ Theatre production was Pygmalion, recorded May 15, 2020. Cast members from the SBMT production of My Fair Lady reunited to read the musical’s source material, Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw. WATCH THE REPLAY BELOW.
SOUTH BAY CABARET
South Bay Cabaret: Songs Your Grandma Would Love (and a Few She Wouldn’t) with Ryan Sammonds
On November 16, 2021, Ryan Sammonds, who recently graduated from the University of Miami with a BFA in Musical Theatre, presented an evening of songs spanning several genres and decades including If I Loved You – Carousel; Movin’ Too Fast – The Last Five Years; She is Not Thinking of Me – Gigi; You Tore My Heart Out – The Toxic Avenger; Why God Why – Miss Saigon; Anthem – Chess; They All Laughed – George Gershwin; If I Can’t Love Her – Beauty and the Beast; Proud Lady – The Baker’s Wife; Stay While – Island Song; Marianne – The Grand Tour; and Til I Hear You Sing – Love Never Dies. Watch the replay below:
South Bay Cabaret: C’mon Get Happy, with Smita Patibanda and Daniel Lloyd Pias
On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, SBMT streamed a colorful tribute to the Great American Songbook, which traditionally is lacking in Asian American Pacific Islander representation. Smita Patibanda and Daniel Lloyd Pias explored the classics with contemporary twists and a whole lot of banter. Watch the replay:
South Bay Cabaret: Birthday Bash for a Living Legend
On March 30, 2021 a number of popular SBMT performers gathered to salute a certain Broadway composer who celebrated his 91st birthday a few days earlier. The plan was to sing one song from each of his many iconic musicals. Our singers included Andrew Cope, Brennah Kemmerly, Dave Leon, Jennifer Maggio, Alea Selburn, and Michael Stahl. Watch the replay:
South Bay Cabaret: Classic vs. Contemporary Show Tunes
On February 24, 2021, South Bay Cabaret presented a concert contrasting classic and contemporary show tunes. Performers included Kimberley Anjal, Melody Chen, Grace Colon, Aleisha Lew, Melissa Momboisse, Natalie To, Romelo Urbi, and Cindy Van—all of whom completed Vinh G. Nguyen’s Beyond the Book Audition workshop series last fall. Song pairings included “When I Marry Mr. Snow” from Carousel vs. “How Could I Ever Know” from The Secret Garden, and “Cockeyed Optimist” from South Pacific vs. “Stupid With Love” from Mean Girls.
South Bay Cabaret: The SBMT Mamas
On December 15, 2020, seven new and soon-to-be Moms of SBMT performed, with a special surprise appearance by Santa himself. Video editing by Nancy Fitzgerald Metzer. Watch the replay below.
South Bay Cabaret: Songs of Moxie and Heart
On November 29, 2020, Jamie Gussman, Juan Castro, Amanda